Some people say it was adapted from thedecimal number system where the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet are assigned numerical values.
It would look like this:
Some also say the practice was not allowed or used during the time of the Prophet’s or during his‘s time. Sahabah means his companions.
Others say it is haram to use numbers to replace the Quranic words, but they do not give any credence to their statements, while those who says it can be used has their own stories to tell.
While many people seem to accept the numbers game, others does not want to get involved in it for fear of Bidah Haram (unlawful innovations).
If you want my opinion – and since my phone number ends with 786 – I think it is not unlawful and it is alright to have some attachment to the numbers.
After all, we know that numbers are important in Islam. They indicate many things, including the number of times we should pray, and the number of days in the year, etc.
Both “Lord Hari Krishna” and “Bismillah Hirahmaan Niraaheem” can be linked to 786 through various methods of calculating. This appeals to both Hindu and Muslim Indians, according to some comments on the Internet.
Thus, you can see, these numbers has great importance to some people.
To me, it is simply a number, which when added up in alphabet, seems to mean Bismillah Nir Rahmaan Nir Raheem which means in the name of the Lord, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
What is wrong in associating the numbers to the powerful words? I don’t see any wrong as long as you do not turn it into a Godly or religious stuff.
TO BE CONTINUED